What is Gmail?
ItÂs GoogleÂs free webmail service, also known as Googlemail in UK & Germany due to copyright issues. Initially launched in April 1st, 2004.
Initially launched with 1GB of free space & was increased to 2GB at its first anniversary. Now it provides over 2.7GB & counting at a rate of 0.000032470826991374936580416032470827 megabytes per second which is 1GB per year
GoogleÂs innovative method of categorizing emails, where Gmail keeps related emails together, so all emails related to a single email are kept in a single stack. Gmail users can delete a whole conversation or individual emails from a collection of emails from a conversation.
Gmail has labels rather than folders, where one email could have more than one label.
Gmail incorporates GoogleÂs powerful search capability, making finding an email sent or received very easy
Gmail allows web interface in addition to free automatic forwarding & POP3 access. For mobile access, point mobile phoneÂs web browser to http://m.gmail.com.
Innovative Google Technology filters spam using sophisticated filters.
Gmail scans all attachments for viruses & tries to remove if found. Gmail does not allow attaching executable files, as they are the major source for distribution of viruses.
Relevant Text Ads:
Gmail displays only relevant text ads. No Pop-ups or Banner ads.
Saves a draft copy of current message & saves any attachments, once per minute, to prevent loss of data.
The Gmail usernames must be of 6 to 30 characters comprising of letters, numbers or dots & cannot include hyphens(-) & underscores(_). But Gmail ignores dots when resolving addresses. So email@example.com is as same as firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com. Also Gmail is case Insensitive.
Gmail supports a tag to be added to your email address where it can be written as firstname.lastname@example.org. This can be used to track email address provided to different services & people.
Customized ÂFromÂ Address:
Gmail can be customized to display as been sent from another of your addresses Eg: email@example.com
Gmail allows users to chat with Google Talk Network users with in Gmail window. So users can chat with their contacts if they are online.
Also it includes Contact pictures & auditory notification when new messages arrive. But voice calling is not supported by Gmail.
Gmail incorporates powerful Google Calendar where events can be added using natural language phrases & numerous more powerful features.
View as HTML:
Gmail allows attachments of Microsoft Office, OpenOffice & .pdf type files to be viewed as HTML pages rather than downloading the attachments or when in a hurry, using a mobile device or when the software needed to view the file is not installed.
Vacation Auto Responder,
Many Languages (even some left-to-right languages),
Address & Package Tracking as Shortcuts,
Offline Access with Google Desktop,
Photo Upload to Gmail with Picasa,
Gmail for Your Domain
Some amount of Privacy concern is there regarding Gmail, mainly because all emails are automatically under go software-based scanning to determine relevant text advertisements.
Standard with chat:
|HTML view only:|
Microsoft IE 4.0+
Deactivation of Account:
Gmail account is deactivated if not used for 9 months, which is far more than most of the other free webmail providers.
How to get a Gmail Account:
Gmail is still in Beta testing stage & opening a Gmail account is still by using an invitation
By Mobile Phone:
Mobile phone users from US, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Turkey can receive invitation code by filling form in Gmail website.
By Google Invitation:
If you own a .edu email address or Blogspot blogger, you may receive an invitation from Google. Occasionally in search page an invitation is provided on the top bar.
By a Friend:
Gmail users can send Invitations to their friends.
If you cannot get a Gmail Invitation, please feel free to ask for an invitation from me. Use the provided email form in the left Sidebar of this blog to send the request to me. Please remember to include your email address as well .
P.S.: I get so many requests, but few of the invitees do not seem to open the Gmail accounts. Please if you wish not to open a Gmail account, forward the invitation to one of your needy friends or back to me.
Also note that the Gmail invitations sent to other webmail services sometimes get categorized as Spam or Bulkmail. So please check those folders as well, if you requested for an invitation. Please be patient, If you requested for an invitation, I will definitely send you one.